Exercising regularly is really great for you in so many ways; even though, there are days you might not be ready to feel the ‘burn’, but you just have to power through to enjoy its wonderful benefits.
Regular exercise has been proven to be an excellent mood and energy booster, and from my experience, I can tell you, “that is a fact!” Our stress levels tend to rise, especially during the day at work and exercising regularly can help you deal with that. So, here are six reasons why we need to exercise regularly to improve our personal and workplace productivity.
Exercise helps increase your energy as not only does it help in building your muscle and boosting your stamina, it augments the transfer of glucose and oxygen throughout your brain and body, enhancing the cellular production of energy. These energy stores keep you supplied with energy throughout the day.
Improves Mental Alertness and Sharpness
Another way exercise boosts your productivity at work is by keeping you mentally alert and sharp, this happens by the increased blood flow to the brain and enhancing levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor). BDNF helps in the growth and repair of neurons in the brain, thus keeping you mentally sharp.
Studies have shown that regular exercises minimize the risk of developing certain diseases like Type-2 diabetes, obesity, hypertension and heart disease which can affect you work productivity. Regular exercise improves your immunity and reduces the risk of having upper respiratory tract infections and colds. I mean, if you can’t get up from your bed, you can’t work.
Lowers Stress Levels
Stress is what we often experience while working; and exercising regularly is a great way to handle it. Regular exercise stimulates the brain’s pituitary gland to release chemicals called endorphins, you get to experience what is referred to as a ‘runner’s high’. Endorphins are the body’s natural ‘feel-good’ chemicals which help you deal with stress at work afterwards.
Regular aerobic and resistance training has been shown to improve memory by a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise appears to improve spatial learning and the volume of the hippocampus, the area in the brain involved in memory and learning.
Most of us, tend to experience an afternoon slump at work, where you feel a bit tired or low-spirited. Regular exercise has been proven to lower those instances as it is a great mood booster, it improves your mood by increasing the level of hormones which help us stay ‘happy’ like Serotonin and Dopamine, this improves your state of mind and keeps your emotions in check. Exercise lowers the risk of anxiety and depression which occur when there are low levels of Dopamine. Exercise also boosts your self-esteem greatly.
There are of course, many more ways where regular exercise improves our health physically and mentally. So, we have to make it a lifestyle –start a zumba fitness class, hit the gym or start going on runs / walks. At work, there are many exercises you can do in different ways like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking during your lunch break or doing stretches after long periods of sitting.
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